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For those of you who read my last review will know that I adopted a unique form of scoring to expand the range typically used. After some discussion it is clear that this creates confusion, so from now on I will revert to a scale in-line with the standard and consistent with other reviews.
This GlenDronach Original 12 is well presented. Its colour is a dark golden-red and its labelled as being matured in Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso casks.
I have poured neat without any water added.
Nose: A strong hit of sherry, this goes beyond the subtle notes given by a typical sherry finish and delivers a full sherry experience, so much so that other notes are almost completely drowned out. There are hints of barley and pleasantly no raw acetone notes present.
Palate: Medium bodied with a strong delivery of sweet dried fruit combined with slightly sour fig and fruit peel backed by a distant hint of aniseed.
Finish: Is long with an unwavering dry sherry wood taste that fades tasting as it started.
Overall this whisky will appeal to those who enjoy a sherry bomb. I don't consider it to be well balanced due to the domination of the heavy sherry maturation, somewhat hiding the character of the spirit. I can't be sure how much is hidden and how much is simply influenced. It behaves like a well aged whisky and doesn't hold back from delivering its own style. It's worth a try if you are after a full sherry experience.